Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 57, Issue 1–2, pp 373–390 | Cite as

Capture of grains into resonances through Poynting-Robertson drag

  • B. Sicardy
  • C. Beaugé
  • S. Ferraz-Mello
  • D. Lazzaro
  • F. Roques
Dust Dynamics


We review here some relevant problems connected to the evolution of circumstellar dust grains, subjected to Poynting-Robertson (PR) drag, and perturbed by first-order resonances with a planet on a circular orbit. We show that only outer mean motion resonances are able to counteract the damping effect of PR drag. However, the high orbital eccentricities reached by the particle lead to orbit crossings with the planet. This is a serious difficulty for a permanent trapping to be achieved. In any case, we show that the time spent in the resonance is long enough for statistical effects (accumulation at the resonant radius) to be significant. We underline some difficulties associated with this problem, namely, the non-adiabaticity of motion in the resonance phase space and the existence of close encounters with the planet at high eccentricities.

Key words

Circumstellar dust grain Poynting-Robertson drag resonance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Sicardy
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Beaugé
    • 3
  • S. Ferraz-Mello
    • 3
  • D. Lazzaro
    • 4
    • 5
  • F. Roques
    • 6
  1. 1.Observatoire de Paris, DAEC-EUROPAMeudon Cédex PrincipalFrance
  2. 2.Université Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  3. 3.Instituto Astrónomico e GeofísicoUniv. de São PauloSão Paulo, SPBrazil
  4. 4.Observatório Nacional, DAFRio de Janeiro, RJBrazil
  5. 5.Observatoire de Paris, DAEC-EUROPAMeudon Cédex PrincipalFrance
  6. 6.Observatoire de Paris, DAEC-EUROPAMeudon Cédex PrincipalFrance

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